Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships

Scholarship for Military Families

Craig Orent, USD Law alumnus and founder of Orent Law Offices, is offering a $2,000.00 scholarship specifically for college students whose parents have served in the military. For further information, and application requirements please see their website.

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Amount: $2,000

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Inc. Injury Scholarship

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. understands the difficult process of recovery after you’ve been seriously injured. We are offering a scholarship for college students who have suffered a serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating determination to rebuild their lives by attending college. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $1,000

Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship

As a memorial to the late Presiding Justice Hollis G. Best, his friends have established a scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by law students. The Best Scholarship is an annual award presented this year in the amount of $1,000, during the Spring 2017 semester. More than one scholarship may be awarded. Selection Criteria and Procedures Each candidate must be a law student who has successfully completed at least one year of law school. Strong preference will be given to current residents of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare or Tuolumne Counties. Primary considerations are academic achievement and the breadth and depth of the applicant’s extracurricular and community activities. Financial need and demonstrated leadership capabilities are also taken into consideration. For more information and to apply, please see the application

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $1,000

The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship

The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal.  For portal access and more information please see the website

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $2,000

Japanese American Bar Association 

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to offer five scholarships of $2,000 each.  Applications are currently being accepted from law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, including but not limited to a commitment to serving the Japanese American community and/or the API community. Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic achievement, and desire to practice law in the Southern California area. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: January 20, 2017

Amount: $2,000

Raiser & Kenniff Law School Scholarship

Raiser & Kenniff, a Los Angeles criminal defense law firm, believes in helping lawyers get the education they rightfully deserve, and need. We believe each student should be in control of his destiny. That begins with a proper education. It means, people like us – accomplished attorneys, giving back to students and helping them get an education and being able to forge their own path. Getting a higher education is the only way to succeed in life. Our attorneys want to help students by contributing funds from our salaries into the creation of a brand new scholarship for college students. For more information, please see the website

Deadline: February 20, 2017

Amount: $4,500 (renewable)

2017-2018 JVS Scholarship Program

The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: March 15, 2017 (for renewal applicants) or March 31, 2017 (for new applicants)

Amount: Varies

2017 Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established this scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students. The Hanson Scholarship is an annual award to be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000. For more information, please see the criteria and application

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Amount: $2,000

Hackard Law Scholarship

The Hackard Law 2017 Academic Scholarship is a $2,500 prize awarded to college and university students in the United States for awareness of elder issues in estate law. For more information, please see the website

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Amount: $2,500

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.


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